For many, a modified version of Six Sigma’s define, measure, analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) method can improve a companies’ translation processes. In this QP article (open access), read how applying Six Sigma can achieve accurate, effective translation.
When Six Sigma was introduced to the YMCA, a new method for managing and tracking projects was ushered into the organization. Upon completing a Green Belt-level training course, a project team used Six Sigma tools to improve the culture of the Y's summer day camp.
Using six sigma, Sandy Furterer and her team were able to identify the bottlenecks in a Florida ER, allowing them to create solutions for each problem area. Watch this Quality for Life episode.
In February's Six Sigma Forum Magazine, Dennis R. Delisle and Kathleen Jaffe detail how Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia used lean strategies to improve perioperative patient flow.
A study of 28 organizations shows that effective implementation of Six Sigma led to an average savings of 1.7 percent of revenues over the period of implementation and an average return of more than $2 in direct savings for every dollar invested.
When potential root cause analysis through a fishbone diagram alone does not offer obvious direction, try combining the fishbone diagram with a suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, and customers (SIPOC) diagram and a cause and effect matrix to jump-start a lean Six Sigma project.
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